White Lemon from Shanti Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Shanti Tea

Product Description:

A full leaf white tea, this is a super smooth brew with a full mouth feel. The lemon essence is distinct but not to the point of overwhelming the mild flavor of the base white tea. A perfect balance of flavours with plenty of anti-oxidants.

The exact origin of the lemon has remained a mystery, though it is widely presumed that lemons first grew in India, northern Burma, and China. In South and South East Asia, it was known for its antiseptic properties and it was used as an antidote for various poisons. Today, India is the largest producer of lemons and generates 16% of all lemon and lime output worldwide.

Taster’s Review:

This tea was a very pleasant surprise.  I expected the lemon to completely overwhelm the white tea, but it is very well-balanced.

The white tea tastes fresh with mere whispers of a vegetative quality.  Shanti Tea does not specify what type of white tea leaf this is, but, if I had to guess, I would say it is a Bai Mu Dan.  It has a crisp flavor that melds very well with the bright flavor of the lemon.

And while the lemon flavor stands out in the cup but it does not overwhelm the white tea as I thought it might.  It has a sweet, lightly tart, sunny flavor that is delightful.

I am enjoying it hot at the moment, but, it is equally as delicious iced.  I found this to be an extraordinarily uplifting, refreshing cup of tea, and it is certainly one of the best lemon flavored tea I’ve tasted yet!  Bravo, Shanti Tea!

White Lemon from Shanti Tea

Tea Type: White Tea

Where To Buy: Shanti Tea

Product Description:

WHITE LEMON

Fair Trade Certified & Organic White Tea

Tin / Bio-bag: 45g / 57 cups • Sample: 5 to 7 cups

A full leaf white tea, this is a super smooth brew with a full mouth feel. The lemon essence is distinct but not to the point of overwhelming the mild flavor of the base white tea. A perfect balance of flavours with plenty of anti-oxidants.

Story

The exact origin of the lemon has remained a mystery, though it is widely presumed that lemons first grew in India, northern Burma, and China. In South and South East Asia, it was known for its antiseptic properties and it was used as an antidote for various poisons. Today, India is the largest producer of lemons and generates 16% of all lemon and lime output worldwide.

Tasters Review:

White Lemon from Shanti Tea…another lovely Shanti offering!  Ahhh!

Dry this smells a little like Lemon Pledge and White Tea. It’s Very Clean. (no pun intended)

Post infusion…it’s more of a gentle lemon and white tea aroma!

This tastes wonderful!  Of course, I like lemon, so that helps!  The White Tea is PERFECT and the Lemon just makes it even more tempting!

I had 1 cup hot and another cold and LOVED both!

 

White Rose from Shanti Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  White

Where to Buy:  Shanti Tea

Product Description:

Roses have long been a symbol of love and beauty. This blend of organic rose petals and white tea’s silky smoothness is exquisitely subtle and supremely healthy. High in antioxidants and vitamin C, this delicate white tea blend will be the beginning of a long lasting love affair.

Taster’s Review:

The aroma of the dry leaf is so beautiful – I just love the smell of rose teas, and I’m finding this one especially appealing because the fragrance of the white tea is so soft amid the beautiful scent of rose.  The rose is allowed to fully express itself in this bouquet.  Truly lovely.

While the fragrance of the brewed liquor is quite a bit softer than the dry leaf, it is still very beautifully rose scented.  This is one of those teas that MUST be inhaled before sipping to gain the full luxurious effect of the flower.

The flavor of this tea is wonderful!  The rose mingles with the white tea leaves nicely, creating a very smooth, supple taste that glides over the palate deliciously.  The white tea base is soft but tastes fresh and soothing, while the rose tastes sweet with distinctive sharp notes.  It is a very relaxing cup – it is a bit like a trip to the spa in a teacup!

Five Peaks Mountain from Shanti Tea

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To Buy: Shanti Tea

Product Description:

Fresh, fruity flavor and sweet aftertaste, a popular everyday tea.

This green tea is from the Five Peaks Mountain in Shandong province, China, famous for its lush green hills and pristine water. Known for its fresh, fruity flavor and sweet aftertaste, this China Green is a popular everyday tea. Green teas can be steeped several times with increasingly warmer water.

Tasters Review:

I would love to go see this “Five Peaks Mountain” some day…but for now I will have to live life vicariously thru this tea.  And what a good green tea it is!

The first time I had this it smelled and tasted like broccoli…but the aftertaste is wonderfully sweet and semi fruity as the description states.  The very first time I tried this I determined that this was a pretty good tea!

The 2nd time I tried this tea I picked up on a few additional notes…

I under infused it a little and thought it was even more lovely!

It was vegetal but more sweet than vegetal.  It was slightly fruity on to the aftertaste which I thought was a nice touch!

It’s always nice to be 2 for 2 on a tea…this one didn’t disappoint!

 

Strawberry White Tea from Shanti Tea

Tea Type: White Tea

Where To Buy:  Shanti Tea

Product Description:

This tea combines the soft flavour of white tea with a hint of strawberry. White tea is loaded with antioxidants and is also said to strengthen the circulatory and immune systems. A treat for nose and palette.

Story

Strawberries have grown wild for millennia in temperature regions throughout the world. They were highly prized by many ancient Romans. In the Middle Ages, they were prized again, more so for their medicinal qualities than delicious flavour. Today, the strawberry is the most popular type of berry fruit in the world. While there are more than 600 varieties of strawberries that differ in flavor, size and texture.

Tasters Review:

I tend to add more loose leaf than suggested because I usually like a strong flavor with most or all of my teas.  The first time I tried this one I used what I would call my normal amount of loose leaf.  I was completely shocked at the flavor it was almost too much of the sour and puckery taste to handle.

I promised myself I would then try the suggested amount…and that’s exactly what I did!  It was MUCH better!  A little goes a long way here, folks!  This flavored white is packed with flavor and personality!

At first I thought this had hibiscus in it but I cannot tell – for sure – based on the description – I guess it could just be the strawberries in the dry mix.  It’s a tarty/puckery type strawberry.  In this case, I personally, prefer less as well.  I am not really into tarty teas – so less is more with me!  This one worked out really well when I did what they suggested with the loose leaf amount.  The Strawberry flavor was amazing!  I also LOVE that Shanti Teas did a Strawberry WHITE tea!

Another thing I would like to mention in this review is the aroma!

I will say I LOVE the way this one smells and it reminds me of a strawberry chapstick I used to LOVE as a kid…the 80s RULE…I miss them when it comes to certain stuff like strawberry chapstick!  I know there are other strawberry chapsticks out there but not like the one I specifically remember the aroma to from the 80s!

I just LOVE creative flavored teas and lately flavored WHITES is something I have been extremely interested in.  This is one of Shanti’s newer offerings and I think it’s a treat!

 

 

Darjeeling Green Tea from Shanti Tea

Tea Type: Green Tea

Where To Buy: Shanti Tea

Product Description:

Rare Darjeeling Green , light, natural aroma and subtle flavor.

This rare Darjeeling green tea is cultivated at about 7000ft in the Himalayas, at the renowned Makaibari Estate, the oldest (est. 1859) and most respected tea estate in the world, and also the world’s first biodynamically cultivated tea garden. This exquisite green tea has a light amber color, a mild, natural aroma and subtle flavor, with delicate floral hints.

Tasters Review:

I haven’t been this excited about a plain green tea in a LONG time!  I swear Shanti made this tea especially for me!  So I will take this time to say THANK YOU Shanti Tea!!

Darjeeling Green Tea from Shanti Tea is a medium strength green tea but it’s pretty equal in all aspects of grassy, buttery, sweet, juicy, mouth-watering, floral, and it’s VERY smooth.  I guess one could say that this Darjeeling Green Tea from Shanti Tea didn’t play any favorites when it comes to one taste over the other and I am fine with that.  Everything works out and plays nice with each other.   There is a pleasant aftertaste which really makes me smile!

This is a really nice tea!

I REALLY REALLY LIKE THIS TEA!

HEY!  Did I mention, I like this tea?

Kashmiri Chai from Shanti Tea

Tea Type: Chai (Black Tea)

Where To Buy: Shanti Tea

Product Description:

Traditional Kashmiri blend of black tea and spices which produces the rich, semi-sweet and nutty flavor favored in Kashmir.

This traditional Kashmiri recipe is a blend of black tea, cardamom, cinnamon, and almond flakes and essence which produces the rich, semi-sweet and nutty flavor favored in Kashmir.

Tasters Review:

Chai is a funny thing…It’s one of those “you can please some of the people some of the time but not all of the people all of the time” sort of things.  Many people take their chai VERY seriously.  Some people say the more spice the better where as others enjoy it more mild.  Others always add additives and some no additives at all.  I know of many people who swear by chai prep via stove top and others who have never tried that method and think that way of preparing chai doesn’t matter.  AND…several people go back and forth about which countries are famous for their chai and which are not.

As for this specific chai…I thought it was ok.  There really isn’t anything wrong with this chai at all.  Not in my book at least.  It smells spicy but not overly. I can certainly taste the spices. The spices are THE flavor. It has a bit of a funky aftertaste for me but it’s still ok.  The thing that stands out on this chai, for me, were the spices.  I can taste little else past the spices, actually, but still think this is a decent chai to have on hand.

Question of the day: What are your personal preferences with chai?

Wuyi Rock Oolong from Shanti Tea

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Shanti Tea

Company Description:

One of the purest teas available on the world market.

Organic Wuyi Rock Oolong is one of the purest teas available on the world market. This rare oolong hails from Mount Wuyi in Nanping Prefecture, Fujian, up along the border of Jiangxi Province. In 1999, UNESCO listed the mountain as a World Heritage Site in part owing to its outstanding biodiversity. According to the UN, Mount Wuyi is one of the world’s finest, intact, subtropical forests. Further complimenting the region’s reputation, Mount Wuyi is registered with the Chinese government as a biodiversity conservation zone. The climate of the region is relatively humid due to the fact that the mountain prevents cool air from entering the valley, and the presence of the 9 Bend River meandering through its valleys. Living with this subtropical paradise is an almost unaccountable number of species of flora and fauna. Many of the plan species living on the mountain are considered relics of a bygone age, no longer found anywhere else on the planet. In amongst this jewel of biodiversity grows the world famous organic rock tea. The tea bushes, like many other plant species, are ancient, having grown amongst the mountain’s rocky outcroppings for generations. Cultivation of the plants is almost impossible given the topography, so exceptional care is taken when handling and plucking the fresh tea shoots. The harvesters typically wear light cotton gloves when handling the leaves, which are harvested in small quantities so as not to tire the bushes. The fresh leaf is then allowed to naturally semi-ferment. The resulting flavor is at once rich, delicate, and laden with floral nuance.

Taster’s Review:

This is an outstanding Oolong tea.

The dry leaf has a nutty scent with woody tones.  As it brews, the nutty fragrance develops, but even stronger is a smoky aroma.  This worried me at first, because smoky teas and I don’t always get along… but really, once I tasted it I needn’t have worried.  The smoke flavor is there, but it is oh-so-subtle and it melds harmoniously with the roasted nutty flavor.

The tea has a charming sweetness to it with subtle notes of spice in the background.  There is also a distant fruit note that is a bit like peach, a typical characteristic of well-oxidized Oolongs such as this one.

I love the smooth, well-rounded flavor of this tea.  The mouthfeel is light and silky, but it lingers well into the aftertaste because there is very little astringency to this Oolong.

A truly wonderful Oolong – and the first tea I’ve tasted from Shanti Tea… if this tea is representative of what I have to look forward to from Shanti, I am very excited, indeed!

Acai Matcha Tea from Shanti Tea

Tea Type: Green Tea (Matcha/Powder)

Where To Buy: Shanti Tea

Product Description:

Matcha tea is kind of like a super-powered green tea—since you’re ingesting the whole leaf instead of just the brewed beverage, you get up to ten times the antioxidant effect and nutritional value of your standard green. Matcha’s rich in antioxidants, as well as chlorophyll and fiber, and has been found to have natural mood enhancing effects. All in all, matcha’s got no match when it comes to healthy teas.

Tasters Review:

Acai Matcha from Shanti Tea is a deep, dark olive green color when you add the liquid to it.  In this initial attempt I just did it plain with water specifically to taste the natural green flavors without additives.  It smells like leafy green tea when dry and a different sort of a veggie aroma after adding the liquid – almost buttered.

This is much more smooth than I thought it would be and pretty darn good.  Many Acai flavored drinks I have had in the past have been either bitter or tart and not smooth or sometimes just plan hard to handle and not very tasty.   But not this!  This is tasty.  Acai Matcha from Shanti is more of a strong green than most flavored matchas I have had and the acai is very much in the back ground and I like that in this Matcha.  I like that the Acai is NOT overbearing.  This is bold and strong and brothy and I like it.

Strong Assam from Shanti Tea

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy: Shanti Tea

Product Description:

Rich aroma, malty flavor, highly sought after.

This lowland tea known for its rich aroma and strong, malty flavor is named after its origin, Assam, in North-East India. Our Strong Assam tea is cultivated at the famous Rembeng Estate, a 100% organic tea garden and the pioneering organic estate in the region, making their teas highly sought after. Dark and copper-colored, it is a full-bodied broken leaf black tea that is great for lovers of a strong morning cup of tea. The rich flavors are accentuated by adding milk and sugar.

Tasters Review:

A very Good-Good Morning to you all!  Speaking of mornings…here’s a Strong Assam from Shanti Tea that will start anyone’s day!  Or in this case THE Strong Assam!  That’s the official name of this tea!

And it’s very rich, malty, and strong, indeed!

This is a great morning or pick-me-up tea!  Be careful NOT to over infuse.  3 minutes or less, is what I suggest!  That’s all you need. Anything over 3 minutes I believe it would start turning to bitter.

I really DO like this tea!  I love that it is NOT run-of-the-mill.  I am grateful that it lives up to it’s name, too!

Another great offering from Shanti!  One of my favorite Canadian Tea Companies!

Wuyi Rock Oolong from Shanti Tea

Tea Type: Oolong

Where To Buy: Shanti Tea

Product Description:

One of the purest teas available on the world market.

Organic Wuyi Rock Oolong is one of the purest teas available on the world market. This rare oolong hails from Mount Wuyi in Nanping Prefecture, Fujian, up along the border of Jiangxi Province. In 1999, UNESCO listed the mountain as a World Heritage Site in part owing to its outstanding biodiversity. According to the UN, Mount Wuyi is one of the world’s finest, intact, subtropical forests. Further complimenting the region’s reputation, Mount Wuyi is registered with the Chinese government as a biodiversity conservation zone. The climate of the region is relatively humid due to the fact that the mountain prevents cool air from entering the valley, and the presence of the 9 Bend River meandering through its valleys. Living with this subtropical paradise is an almost unaccountable number of species of flora and fauna. Many of the plan species living on the mountain are considered relics of a bygone age, no longer found anywhere else on the planet. In amongst this jewel of biodiversity grows the world famous organic rock tea. The tea bushes, like many other plant species, are ancient, having grown amongst the mountain’s rocky outcroppings for generations. Cultivation of the plants is almost impossible given the topography, so exceptional care is taken when handling and plucking the fresh tea shoots. The harvesters typically wear light cotton gloves when handling the leaves, which are harvested in small quantities so as not to tire the bushes. The fresh leaf is then allowed to naturally semi-ferment. The resulting flavor is at once rich, delicate, and laden with floral nuance.

Tasters Review:

Right out of the envelop this smells nutty to me…much like almond, actually!  As if infuses it starts smelling more woodsy almost like a damp twig.

As for the taste…this is a hearty brew!  It’s quite masculine, woodsy, slightly peppery, and a little like roasted or toasted nuts!  It has a gentle-semi-sweet after taste to it too!

This is interesting, different, and pretty good!  Certainly a conversation piece – no matter which way you look at it.  As for me…I look at it with a smiling face!  This Oolong is very nice!

Thousand Arrows Tea from Shanti Tea

Tea Type: Oolong

Where To Buy: Shanti Tea

Product Description:

A rare, medium-bodied, visually stunning hand-twisted tea.

A rare, visually stunning hand-twisted biodynamic oolong tea from the celebrated Idulgashinna Tea Estate, consisting of 1-2 inch “spears” of green, cinnamon-colored and white leaves. The infusion is curly and very colorful, the liquor light and attractive with a medium body.

Tasters Review:

I used 1 tsp. leaf (20 arrows) per cup as the site suggested.

I didn’t think there was much of a smell to this tea – dry or once infused – but the color is lovely! Cinnamon or Honey-colored would probably best describe what I saw!

Flavor-wise I would agree with the medium-strength oolong description and say it reminded me of a toasty-sweet type-taste with a very slight nutty hint to it.

I think this is good and love the fact that it is different in many ways.

I did get successful multiple infusions on this one!  The 2nd infusion was more juicy and more nutty tasting.  The color was the same but had next to no aroma. I think I like the 2nd infusion better actually.

Ancient Forest Black from Shanti Tea

Tea Type: Black Tea

Where To Buy:

Shanti Tea

Product Description:

Biodynamically grown black tea from China’s ancient forests.

Cultivated from the ancient protected tea tree forests of Yunan Province, China, this rare and exquisite black tea makes a full-bodied and earthy infusion with a rich and penetrating aroma heavy with age and collective wisdom. The flavor of this deep amber infusion is unlike any other black tea available. Truly exceptional.

Tasters Review:

The Dry Leaves didn’t really smell like much more than an average black tea!  But once infused the aroma becomes much more bold but has almost a creamy finish.   I totally agree with the product description that it is UNLIKE any black tea I have tried!  This is really good…so good that I ended up following it up with a 2nd infusion!

Both infusions were very comforting and tasty!   That’s all I kept thinking while sipping on this!  It’s bold and fairly malty yet smooth.

The 2nd Infusion was just as good as the first and just as dark and bold!   I found it to be even more malty and even a creamier finish…there is a slight roasted aftertaste once the creaminess passes.

This is a great tasting and memorable cup!

Kiwi Lemon Oolong from Shanti Tea

Tea Type: Oolong

Where To Buy: Shanti Tea

Product Description:

(Since this is a BRAND NEW TEA – there is not an official product description on their website yet so I will post more information on their company as a whole…)

Shanti Tea was founded in 2009 by my wife and I, students in Naturopathic Medicine and Architecture.  Our vision is to combine something we love (tea, of course), with the ideals that shape our daily lives:  health, sustainability, and social consciousness.  We fill a very particular niche in the Canadian tea market, as we provide only the most fairly traded, the most sustainably grown, the healthiest, and the most delicious tea you’ve ever tasted – As a result, we are often the only supplier of organic, biodynamic, and Fair Trade Certified varieties of specialty tea on the Canadian market.

Every single one of our teas are certified organic by our suppliers and by the producing countries, and meet the strict requirements for USDA Organic, EcoCert (Canada), and European Certification Bodies.  We do not sell any non-organic teas.

Most of our teas are Fair Trade Certified by Transfair Canada.

Tasters Review:

As I stated above – this is a brand new flavored oolong from Shanti and I am super excited about it!

At first sniff – dry – right out of the package…my first reaction was…”OH! It’s Lemon Pledge”…but wait there’s more! I can smell the Kiwi too!  How lovely, I thought to myself!  It’s very lemon and quite kiwi!

Kiwi Lemon Oolong from Shanti Tea infuses quite dark for an oolong but I really like the color!

The taste is refreshing and juicy!  Lemon and Kiwi – of course!  It’s a pure delight! I really like Kiwi Lemon Oolong from Shanti and it’s a very flavorful – flavored Oolong!  Keep an eye on their website for availability!

 

Blue Unicorn from Shanti Tea

Tea Type: Oolong

Where To Buy: Shanti Tea

Product Description:

A rare hand-crafted designer Ceylon tea, medium-bodied.

From the famous Biodynamic & Fair Trade Idulgashinna Tea Garden come these visually captivating spears of cassis, cinnamon, gold, and silver tips, resembling the mythical unicorn’s horn. This hand crafted tea is carefully hand-rolled and twisted into spears. Each finished cluster is slightly more than 1 inch in length. These partially fermented leaves produce a delicate, pale liquor that is exceptionally sweet and clean, with champagne undertones. The tea can be steeped multiple times, each revealing new complexities.

Tasters Review:

I’ve collected unicorns since I was 3.  Anything from collectibles and figurines to logo-ed items and ANYTHING in between.  So when I saw that Shanti Tea had an Oolong Tea named Blue Unicorn…I HAD TO HAVE IT!  And I am so glad I chose it!!  It’s truly amazing!

The first time I tried this – I infused 3 “horns” as suggested.  The pre-infusion scent is completely different than the during and post-infusion scent!  The Pre-Infusion is more of a Sweet/Floral, During Infusion it’s a Floral/Semi-Sugary type, and the Post is more of a Sweet Honey/Candied type aroma.

I also noticed this is a VERY hefty handcrafted leaf!  Surely to live up to multiple infusions!

My first response to my first sip was…WOW.  My 2nd response was…YAY!

Oh my! What a treat! This is VERY unique! VERY Sweet and Juicy! It’s Clean and Crisp! Very Champagne-Like! Almost fruity but I am not sure what kind of fruit to compare it to upon my first attempt and first infusion.

Like I said…these ‘horns’ or leaves were screaming multiple infusions, so I gladly obliged.

I used the same ‘horns’ in my 2nd infusion.  I infused for 9 minutes  (did 7 the first time).

The 2nd infusion smelled much more peachy! A VERY awesome scent! It was sweeter and juicier and more champagne-like! The color was pretty much the same…a lovely yellow-orange-light brown.

As for my 3rd infusion…I used the same 3 pieces and infused for approx 11 to 12 minutes.  The color was a littler lighter.  The scent was Peachy and Floral and Pleasant…not as Peachy as the 2nd infusion tho.

The ‘horns’ were continuing to morph but still played games with me – egging me on to continue to play with them! They look to still have more infusions left. NOW it’s become a challenge…a game…

The taste…Fruity (slightly peachy) – not as peachy as the 2nd infusion. Along with floral notes…blossoms, perhaps.

AND that was just my first attempt with multiple infusions.  I have much more fun with this Blue Unicorn since opening the tin!  Here is how other attempts have turned out…

I used 5 ‘horns’ and the first infusion at 4 Minutes turned out like this…

The color post-infusion is very honey-like. The horns haven’t really unfurled but that just means more infusions in my book so I am totally ok with that!  It smells more like silver tips this time around…I’m not picking up on the peach like my last go-around…It has a refreshing aftertaste…juicy!

2nd Infusion – same 5 Horns – 7 minutes I found the same coloring and scent – scent a tad sweeter that first infusion.  The taste changed to more of a sweet-floral with juicy fruity tones but not overly identifiable as to switch fruit(s). It’s VERY Smooth.  It seems I get a new surprise with each cup!

I have successfully done 4 flavorful infusions of this and a VERY HAPPY with the outcome.   Very few teas make it to my 100 percentile list but this one has!  I can safely say this is one of my all-time-favorite teas!

Just goes to show you…UNICORNS…they really ARE magical!

LOVE THIS!!!

Kapha Balance Tea from Shanti Tea

Tea Type: Rooibos, Herbal

Where To Buy: Shanti Tea

Product Description:

An energizing and warming blend which is spicy and robust.

An energizing and warming blend of rooibos, holy basil, fennel, ginger, cardamom, orange peel, sage, pepper, and licorice. A rich orange infusion which is spicy and robust. Great for combating fatigue and balancing Kapha.

Tasters Review:

This Herbally-Rooibos is from Shanti Tea and it’s called Kapha Balance.

This Kapha Balance Tea is WARM – naturally. Yes, it is spicy but you can’t really pick out each spice…except for maybe the pepper…

I enjoyed what they did this with Rooibos here – almost like a Rooibos Chai, even.  The rooibos along side the other ingredients make the taste of the rooibos not-so-stereotypical.  Yes, it’s naturally sweet but it’s much more than your run-of-the-mill rooibos taste.

This one surprised me and I ended up liking it quite a bit more than I thought I would.

If you would like to learn more about Kapha and Balancing Kapha – check this out:

Of the three mind-body types in Ayurveda, Kapha is the one that is the most steady in energy, temperament and mood. Ayurveda dates back 5,000 years to India, where rishis (sages) codified guidelines for diet and how to treat different diseases.

Read more: How to Create Balance Kapha Ayurveda Mind-Body Type | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4495046_create-balance-kapha-ayurveda-mindbody.html#ixzz0zHTq8kph

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